HOLLY BALLARD MARTZ

Seattle, WA
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Martz utilizes text and found objects to examine patterns of behavior and thinking, confronting her own latent biases and those woven into our national fabric. Martz proposes that we use pattern recognition as a form of unlearning by highlighting patterns that have become so ingrained as to render them invisible. Only by acknowledging systems of oppression can we hope to challenge them and ultimately change them.

SOLO EXHIBITION

DIRTY LAUNDRY & DOMESTIC BLISS

Holly Ballard Martz

Oct 15 – Nov 15, 2020

EQUAL PROTECTION BODY ARMOUR

pocket US constitutions, vinyl, aluminum rivets, stainless washers, metal snaps, velcro, thread; 26″ x 22″ x 4 1/2″; 2017
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“The artist marks her territory, demands a reframing of initial perceptions and provides an invitation to dig deeper.”

 

— Amy Pleasant in Bust Magazine

 

A REVOLUTIONARY AMONG US

Artist and activist Holly Ballard Martz adds an iconic revolutionary voice to our roster of dynamic female artists during this divisive, politically-charged era. Through her earthshattering works, she confronts issues such as gun violence, mental illness, women’s rights, and racial oppression. Using found objects and whatever is needed to engender dialogue, the artist examines patterns of behavior and thinking, confronting her own latent biases and those woven into our national fabric.

FEATURED WORKS

BY EXECUTIVE ORDER

15 x 24″cast rubber doormat

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TROPHY FOR TYRANNY (TARNISHED REPUTATION)

10 x 21 x 5″ NY Times, brass stencils, brass, rivets
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WHITE TERROR ALERT SYSTEM

44 x 15″ found x-ray viewers, duratrans

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TOWER OF POWER

vintage mens detachable shirt collars and studs

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USA FIRST AID I

17.5 x 17.5″ deconstructed and reconstructed US flag
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PRIME CUTS

dressmaker’s ham, steel pins, sequins, glass beads

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11.6.18

Art News Features Holly Ballard Martz as one of the “12 Fierce Women”

“New Yorkers clapped and cheered as the feminist parade took to the streets.”

– Sarah Cascone

Holly Ballard Martz installation 9mm bullet casings ZINC contemporary New Day Northwest KING 5
NEW DAY NORTHWEST

GET TO KNOW THESE FIVE SEATTLE BASED ARTISTS

November 17, 2020

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Holly Ballard Martz Domestic Bliss & Dirty Laundry ZINC contemporary San Juan Islands Museum of Art
THRU AUGUST

SJI MUSEUM OF ART 

Domestic Bliss

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Holly Ballard Martz chalkboard gold leaf ZINC contemporary Gates Foundation
COMMISSION PROJECT

GATES FOUNDATION

Celebrating Twenty Years

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Holly Ballard Martz Danger of Nostalgia wire hanger uterus female reproductive system ZINC contemporary Seattle Art Fair 2019
IN THE STUDIO

DANGER OF NOSTALGIA

AT SEATTLE ART FAIR

with Holly Ballard Martz

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